Heather Ogden is the assistant vice president/dean of students at Southern Utah University. Ogden assists in the oversight, leadership, management, and administration of numerous areas housed within Student Affairs at the University. She has spent 11+ years at SUU working with others and growing positive relationships across campus, and her priority as dean of students is advocating for students' needs.
Before her role as AVP/dean of students, Ogden served SUU in other capacities, most recently as director of ethics and compliance in the University's Title IX Office. She also previously served as a faculty member for the College of Education and Human Development and as lead advisor.
Prior to working at SUU, she was a guidance counselor in two Utah school districts and an administrator with the Utah Division of Child and Family Services.
Ogden earned a Master of Science in Counseling from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Utah State University.
Industry Expertise (2)
Areas of Expertise (8)
Title IX Coordination
Crisis Response and Planning
Student Affairs in Higher Education
Career Preparation and Readiness
Ethics and Compliance
Diversity and inclusion in higher education
Title IX Investigation
University of Phoenix: M.S., Counseling
Utah State University: B.S., Social Work
Influencer of the Year Award (professional)
Southern Utah University, 2019
Advisor of the Year (professional)
Southern Utah University, 2014
Influencer Award (professional)
Southern Utah University, 2016-2020
Eileen Robinson Award for Exemplary Service in Academic Advising (professional)
Southern Utah University, 2013
Woman of Distinction (professional)
Center for Women & Families, Southern Utah University, 2014
- Presidential Safety Commission
- Assessment and Intervention Team
- Chair Big Sky Serious Misconduct Committee
Media Appearances (2)
Heather Ogden Named Dean of Students at SUU
SUU University News online
Career educator Heather Ogden has been named dean of students after spending the past seven years serving in other capacities at Southern Utah University.
Southern Utah University names St. George native College of Education Valedictorian
St George News online
Heather Ogden, SUU lead student success advisor and one of Christensen’s professors, said Christensen stood out on first impressions due to her enthusiasm, communication skills and professional demeanor. “Kelli is excited about learning,” Ogden said. “She always goes the extra mile and it is reflected in everything she does. Kelli is reliable, persistent and eternally upbeat and demonstrates perseverance and passion for long-term goals.”
FLHD 1500 - Human Development through the Lifespan
Emphasizes and examines aspects of human development across the lifespan. Includes holistic view of developmental changes that integrate theories, research and application. Overview of the development of the individual and the family in society.
FLHD 3100 - Foundations of School Counseling
Study key components of comprehensive school counseling programs, including a systemic, data-driven approach, guidance curriculum, educational and career planning, responsive services, and system support.
FLHD 3200 - Child Development, Infancy through Twelve
An in-depth study of biological, cognitive, and psycho-social development from conception through age twelve.
FLHD 3350- Values and Ethics
Examines personal values and professional ethics as they relate to working with individuals and families.
FLHD 3700 - Effective Parenting
Emphasize and examine theoretical foundations of effective parenting strategies and skills.
FLHD 4100 - Family Problems and Solutions
Family life education focuses on healthy family functioning within a family systems perspective and provides a primarily preventive approach.
FLHD 4200 - Family Life Education
Developing competencies in basic principles of family life education: curriculum design, development, implementation, and evaluation.